Currently a support to the Crown and judiciary systems, the role of High Sheriff has evolved over time, but is rooted almost 1,000 years ago in Saxon times. The modern High Sheriff actively lends support to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector, helping with crime reduction initiatives, especially with young people. Many High Sheriffs also elect to assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable people, endorsing their work to help raise valuable awareness.
The key roles of the Gloucestershire High Sheriff, among others, are:
The current High Sheriff of Gloucestershire is Charles Martell.